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A Disciple Bible Class begins this coming September.
This intensive study takes 34 weeks of attending class (2 1/2 hours each) and approximately 2 1/2 hours of study (preferably 1/2 hour each day for maximum benefit.
This is an exciting discovery where we learn what’s actually in our Bible and begin to form personal responses to what we find there, sharing with other members of the class. A variety of theological stances and opinions are encouraged.
Each year, United Methodist Women members prepare for faithful living and action through mission studies. Three areas of study are offered each year – a geographical, a topical, and a spiritual growth study.
“Health — It is a sum of money in the bank, which will support you, economically spent. But you spend foolishly and draw on the principal. This diminishes the income, and you draw larger and larger drafts until you become bankrupt. Overeating, overwork- ing, every imprudence is a draft on life which health cashes and charges at a thousand per cent interest. Every abuse of health hastens death!” – F. G. Welch
Paul has grown up in the United Methodist Church, having attended Almaden Hills UMC of San Jose as a child and youth. (For many years, Paul’s minister at Almaden Hills was our own Glenda Thomas.) Paul and his wife, Sarah, became members of First Church in 2009. Paul loves teaching Sunday School and since 2010 has served on the Lay Leadership Committee. Paul is honored to be a co-lay leader and feels blessed to worship in such a welcoming, dynamic, and beautiful church.
In the next few issues of The Visitor, I want to share with you an important section from our United Methodist Church Discipline, which guides our church in its world-wide ministry. This section is called, “Our Theological Task.” I hope that you will find it helpful in understanding what is unique and wonderful about Methodism, as well as provide a basis for conversation with sisters and brothers. May you prayerfully consider these segments as you continue to grow in faith:
First United Methodist Church will be marching in the Sacramento Pride Parade for the first time this June 14! Please join the Reconciling Committee in showing how welcoming this church is for children of God in the LGBTQ community! The larger the group that marches, the better.
Visit www.firstumcsac.org/signup to signup to march with us in the Sacramento Pride Parade! Information on meeting time and location will be sent to you. Or, call the church office at 916-446-5025.
Richard Pervorse has become the new chair of our Safe Ground ministry. Richard says, “I feel called to this ministry, because I have been homeless as a child due to my mom’s heroin addiction, and I know how to reach out and help people in this situation. I look forward to working with our volunteers and the Safe Ground Leaders to develop an effective ministry for First United Methodist Church.”
Honoring ALL of those who help with our Youth and Children:
On Sunday, June 8th during worship, we’ll honor all of those who have given their time and talents in teaching and helping out with our Sunday School, children, and youth group. We are so grateful to have such wonderful, caring people nurturing our young people! Join us in recognizing these amazing persons!
We are going to the coast this year. The camp out is scheduled for July 10 to July 14 at Van Damme State Park, located about 3 miles south of Mendocino. This is group camping, so even if you are new to camping or have little experience, you have friends to support you!
Keep your eye out for more information to come. We will be providing more information as the date approaches and be taking sign-ups.
Questions? Contact Gary and Phyllis Varney. Their contact information is available by calling the church office at 916-446-5025
ART CHEAP FOR CHARITY will be in the Terrace Room from 2:00 to 5:00 pm., offering original art works to benefit Staging a Miracle (SAM), FUMC’s program of art, music and performing arts for underserved youth and families.
Sacramento Artists Council (SAC) is co-sponsoring this event. SAC provides funding for art programs in public schools and has also supported SAM over the last two years with funds from their successful events in midtown Sacramento.
United Methodist Women will serve you right with sweet treats to nibble while you learn more about their mission work and shop for Fair Trade items from the SERRV catalog.
SERRV is non-profit that provides a market for craftspeople and farmers worldwide, and is now an UMCOR partner. You will have an opportunity to order beautiful handmade items on-line, with proceeds benefitting UMW and UMCOR. A limited number of items will be available for purchase on the day of the event.
Our young people will lead us in worship this Sunday with a focus on Imagine No Malaria, the effort of our Annual Conference and the united Methodist Church to raise awareness of the tragedy of malaria and to raise enough funds worldwide to eliminate malaria in the human population.
You are invited to be a part of this year’s Vacation Bible School! Workshop of Wonders will take place Tuesday-Friday June 24-27, from 5:30-8pm. The theme this year is, “God’s Big Backyard!”
Beginning with a ‘kid-friendly’ dinner, VBS will consist of an Opening Time with skits and music, followed by ‘rotating’ groups between Crafts, Bible Storytelling, Recreation and Snacks. Children PreK – elementary age.
Children Pre-K through 5th grade will discover how the ordinary becomes extraordinary with God!
Pastor Don is on vacation at this writing—he returns June 1.
Youth Ministries Director Karla Lundin, Rev. Carl Thomas, Rev. Doug Hayward, and Faith Community Nurse Patricia Weedon delivered inspiring messages in his absence—we are blessed! You can read and listen to them at www.firstumcsac.org/loving
By special request, here is a reading list recommended by Patricia Weedon during her Mothers Day message, A Wellness Journey. A copy of her message is available on the table at the J Street entrance to the Church.